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Don Nelson

Don Nelson

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With the first pick in the third round of the NBA draft, the Chicago Zephyrs picked Don Nelson in 1962. Coming into the league as a forward, the 6’6″ big man would also have stints with the Lakers and Celtics. His champion pedigree helped him to propel into the head coaching position, earning three NBA Coach of the Year honors, two NBA All-Star Game appearances, and the distinction of being one of the top 10 coaches in NBA History. Not bad for someone from Rock Island, huh?!

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